Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Dylan Walker thrilled to be playing alongside childhood hero Lote Tuqiri

Michael Carayannis As a bright-eyed 10-year-old Dylan Walker was too shy to ask Lote Tuqiri, his idol, for a photo. Today, they have struck up an exciting combination on South Sydney's right edge.

ASADA timeline: From ACC to compromise

Michael Carayannis February 7, 2013: Australian Crime Commission announces a year-long investigation has uncovered widespread use of drugs in Australian sport.

Paul McGregor appointed coach of St George Illawarra Dragons

Three-year deal: Paul McGregor.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra have named Paul McGregor as head coach for the next three seasons.

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Cronulla Sharks will need part-timers if stars take ASADA offer

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Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Cronulla could field nearly half a squad of part-time footballers should the likes of Paul Gallen and Anthony Tupou take up ASADA's offer of a one-month ban.

Steve Matai expected back for Manly's clash with Parramatta

Michael Carayannis The late mail on who is in or out for this week's round 24 of the NRL.

Ex-Shark to play country league despite ASADA call-up

Gone bush: Stuart Flanagan (right), during his time with the Sharks, with current Cronulla player Wade Graham.

Michael Carayannis Stuart Flanagan is expected to captain the Appin Dogs in this weekend's Group 6 semi-final despite imminent doping ban.

Where to now for the Cronulla Sharks 17?

Asked to show cause: Sharks skipper Paul Gallen.

Michael Carayannis Now past and present Cronulla players have been issued with show cause orders the onus is on them to essentially disprove ASADA’s provisional findings.

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Matthew Wright revives career with Cowboys but ban would cruel dreams of finals campaign

Making an impact: Matthew Wright has flourished since his move to the Cowboys.

Michael Carayannis Matthew Wright is set to be robbed of a finals appearance as he becomes the unlucky casualty following ASADA’s investigations into Cronulla’s 2011 supplements program.

Jarryd Hayne criticises NRL referees for not giving Parramatta Eels a fair go

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Michael Carayannis Jarryd Hayne has waved the yellow card at NRL referees, claiming his Eels are heavily scrutinised because they do not have as many big-name players as their rivals.

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NRL may ditch 40-20 rule within days after Eels' raid stifled

Frustration: Parramatta’s Vai Toutai.

Michael Carayannis The problematic 40/20 quick restart could be scrapped as soon as Thursday with the NRL set to review the rule as the fallout from Parramatta’s 18-16 loss to Canterbury on Friday night continues.

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Wests Tigers veteran Braith Anasta announces retirement, effective immediately

Hanging up his boots: Braith Anasta has called time on his career after stints with the Bulldogs, Roosters and Tigers.

Michael Carayannis Braith Anasta has played his last game after the Wests Tigers veteran announced his immediate retirement from the game.

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Rugby league veteran Willie Mason may play for St George Illawarra Dragons next season

Keen to play on: Willie Mason, 34, is on the lookout for a new club and St George Illawarra could be it.

Michael Carayannis Veteran prop Willie Mason could be St George Illawarra bound next year as the Dragons look to beef up their diminutive forward pack.

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'You would always do what the players wanted': Former ballboy tells of his own sideline drama

Disappointed: Tim Mannah remonstrates with the match official at Friday's NRL clash.

Michael Carayannis A ballboy at the centre of a NRL try-scoring scandal 16 years ago says it’s easy to be caught up in the moment when players are crying out for the ball.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs' Ben Te'o may have played his last NRL game

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Michael Carayannis Ben Te’o may have played his last game in the NRL with the South Sydney back-rower facing a five week stint on the sidelines after he was one of three Rabbitohs players charged following their...

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John Morris announces retirement after 300 NRL matches

Retiring type: Sharks hooker John Morris has been forced to call an early end to his career due to a neck injury.

Michael Carayannis NRL veteran John Morris has announced his retirement after playing 300 matches.

Cronulla's John Morris forced into retirement by neck injury

“I had to listen to the doctor. It was a huge milestone to reach 300 games and I had all my friends and family there, so it was like a little farewell

Michael Carayannis John Morris is not sure how to approach the news of his forced retirement because of a serious neck injury suffered in his landmark 300th game.

No late changes for crunch clash between Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs

Fight night: Mitchell Pearce and Moses Mybe get physical on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis Parramatta and the Bulldogs are expected to be unchanged for their important clash on Friday night. The Eels will be without winger Bureta Faraimo for a month with Vai Toutai recalled.

NRL doesn't care if Wests Tigers stay in Balmain, says Leichhardt mayor

Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Michael Carayannis Leichhardt Council have hit out at the NRL, accusing the game's bosses of “not giving a damn” if the Wests Tigers remain in its Balmain heartland.

Panthers v Cowboys

Michael Carayannis Penrith v North Queensland at Sportingbet Stadium, Monday 7pm

Titans v Sea Eagles

Michael Carayannis Gold Coast v Manly at Cbus Super Stadium, Sunday 3pm